How to Hide a Litterbox – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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If you're the proud caretaker of kitties, you know that a necessary evil that comes along with them is the litterbox.  The daily scooping, refilling, repurchase, etc.  And, the many choices there are to make with a seemingly simple task:  What's the best type of litter?  What's the best scoop?  How many litter boxes?  What size litter box?  ...and, Where do I put the litterb...
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Great Indoor Pets (if you hate wintertime weather!)

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INDOOR PETS Even though it hasn’t really felt like winter here in North Carolina, we are still smack dab in the coldest part of the year. And sometimes the warmer weather just makes feel it even worse when the temperatures dip back below freezing. That’s when the penchant for comfy blankets and cuddles instead of venturing outside really kicks in. This is especially true when ...
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Valentine’s Gift Ideas Pet Edition!

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Valentine's Gift Ideas Pet Edition! Valentine's Day is coming up! Valentine's Day is all about showing your loved ones how you really feel. Looking for the purrfect gift?  Here are some ideas! Pamper Your Pet! When you pamper your pet for Valentine's Day, you're not only giving your lovely pet a little treat- you are also helping your local groomer out financially and ...
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10 Gift Ideas for Pets and Pet Parents – Fun & Unique!

 10 Gift Ideas For Pets/Pet Parents The holidays are coming up and we don't want to forget our four-legged babies or our loved ones who have them.  Come to think of it, why shouldn't people buy gifts for their pets? They are part of the family and are always there for you like a family member or friend. A Brand New Pet Carrier   One thing you could buy is a new pet...
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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family?

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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? A Guide to Choosing Your Family's First Pet It can be hard to pick out the best first pet for your family, but, luckily we have some great information to help you along the way. Cats & Dogs The friendship between a child and his dog or cat is a tale as old as time; palling around and growing up together, but it’s not always as...
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Basic Pet Bird Care For New Owners

Basic Pet Bird Care for New Owners People have been keeping birds as pets for centuries.  Perhaps you've thought about adding one to your family a time or two. But what exactly do you do when you bring home a new feathered family member?  Are you familiar with what it takes to care for a bird?  If not, here are some tips to help you with basic pet bird care. Get them th...
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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone

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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone One of our biggest fears as a pet owner is that our beloved Durham dog or cat will bite someone.  Every animal is capable of this act.  What triggers this aggressive behavior is topic for another blog.  Here, I'll detail what you can expect if your dog or cat bites someone.  I hope that by having this information...
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St. Patty’s Day Fun With Your Durham Dog!

Shamrocks and beer is usually how people see Saint Patrick’s Day.  But it’s also another great chance to admire and spend time with your dogs.  There are a lot of happy, curious and independent breeds that hail from the Emerald Isle and there is a lot of fun to be had with your pet. Irish Breeds: Irish Setter - A great companion with a friendly disposition and a hear...
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Tips for House Training Your Dog

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Tips for House Training Your Dog Welcoming a new member of the family is always an exciting time.  Whether it's a new puppy or an older rescue dog, the happiness they bring into the home is simply wonderful.  What's not exactly wonderful is cleaning up accidents on your carpet. However, with patience, persistence, and consistency house training can help them learn their new ...
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Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pets

Valentine's Day is often filled with expectations of romance or sometimes even melancholy recollections. So, if you want to make sure you’re not let down this Valentine’s Day, make a date with your pet! Who better to spend a day of love with than your sweet, eager-to-please fur baby? Grab Lunch at A Dog Friendly Cafe:  Taking your dog out for lunch at a cute cafe and a g...
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Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?

Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?   Becoming foster pet parent is a temporary, yet considerable, commitment for both you and the foster pet. A foster home for pets is an incredibly important part of their adoption process. Having a safe home where they can socialize and learn a routine is key to make sure they can successfully be adopted.  If you’re thin...
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Winter Weather Pet Safety Tips

After an unusually mild Christmas this year, the current cold snap has been a bit of a surprise.   On Christmas Day we were walking around without coats or sweatshirts - some of us in t-shirts!  But then, as soon as the New Year hit, we’ve been hitting lows in the 20’s and barely getting into the 50’s during the day.  It seems as though winter weather has struck with a veng...
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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat?

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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat? You love your kitty and can’t imagine anything happening to him or her, right? Well, then you may be shocked to learn that approximately 7-million pets go missing each year in the USA. What is probably even more shocking is to learn that only approximately 0nly 5% of cats are returned to their home (whereas 25% of dogs are reported a...
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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree Naturally, cats love trees. They must be euphoric when they spot that tree with all of those dangling and glittering things.  I’m sure they’re thinking that they have just struck the cat toy lottery! Okay, so cats may not really understand the purpose of a Christmas tree and they certainly don’t understand that those shiny bulbs aren’t h...
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Is it Okay to Give a Dog as a Gift?

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  The holidays are around the corner and you may be thinking about getting a new dog as a gift for the family.  While you should never give a dog as a gift to someone unexpectedly, a dog can be a great present for an older child or loved one.  There is a lot to consider when bringing a new life into your home.  Do you want to crate or let them sleep with you?  Will ...
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Can Veteran Dogs Suffer from PTSD?

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Dogs have been used in armies since the Romans and Greeks sent Mastiffs equipped with full armor into combat situations. There are currently more than 2,500 military working dogs in the US forces. Military working dogs are deployed to war zones, help in search and rescue missions, detect drugs and explosives and accompany Special Forces operatives on special missions. Ar...
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Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss

Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss It’s never easy to lose someone that you love. Pet loss can be felt deeply and for many years.  When you have a companion that is by your side for years, it can be hard to cope with their passing.  Some people, mostly non pet parents, like to marginalize your loss.  They’ll say things like, “Well, at least it wasn’t your parents, or c...
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What To Feed A Dog With Cancer

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The Cancer Diet and How It Can Help Your Dog    Being diagnosed with cancer is a gut-wrenching feeling, no matter which family member is affected.  You must make tough choices, especially when it comes to your pets.  A dog’s immune system is already very vulnerable due to its smaller mass and efficiency, when compared to our own.  When your dog has cancer, you have to treat hi...
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Is It Normal For My Cat To Have Dandruff?

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My Cat Has Dandruff.  What’s going on? Did you know that just like humans, cats can have dandruff for a variety of reasons? Dandruff is a common skin condition that is distinguished by the manifestation of small, white flakes of skin in the fur. Dandruff, to a large extent, is normal. In most cases owners will not even notice it, unless it becomes excessive. Dandruff isn...
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Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat

Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat Over the weekend my best friend adopted two kittens.  They are so stinking cute, I mean absolutely adorable.  It doesn’t help that I almost always have kitten fever.  I just love them so much, from their lovable little faces their fluffy little bottoms that rise when you pet them, cats are the best.  If you have never had a cat, it’s...
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